I am on Mojave 10.14.6. I am trying to use tags to filter my many many images on my external hard drive.

My thumbnail previews look like this when I click on the tag. I have tried just about everything. Deleting the plst. file, relaunching finder. Everything.

example of tags not showing the preview

However, if I tag something on the main drive Or not in any folder on the external drive, It will show the thumbnail. I am using a toshiba 4TB external hard drive.

example of thumbnails showing on the external not in a folder of any kind


The Icon Preview flag is per volume/folder, not global.

Open the Volume, then either View Menu > Show View Options or Cmd ⌘ J

Enable the Icon Preview…

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  • I already have that turned on and it still doesn't show the thumbnails. – Hannah Worley Mar 31 '20 at 18:34

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